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Last updated on May 23rd, 2022 at 07:00 pm

Why create employee appreciation kits?

Behind every successful business there is a team of loyal employees working day in day out. Hiring a responsible employee can sometimes be challenging. That is why companies spend time and money on retaining good employees so they can avoid spending more time hiring. In the end, the costs to retain is much less than the time and money to hire and train. Here we have 10 awesome and fun ideas for employee appreciation kits that will keep your staff feel engaged and appreciated.

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1. Work From Home Kit

When most of your employees are still working from home, it is important to make them feel connected. Building company and brand loyalty can be a challenge when everyone is not seeing each other everyday. Drop-shipping branded care packages straight to their home shows the company cares. Besides employees appreciation kits, also consider shipping employees welcome kits as well.

In addition, the unboxing videos on social media will be a bonus – a reputation for having a positive and awesome company culture!

Orlando two-tone journal notebook

This soft-cover, 2 tone journal will be a staple on your home office desk. Vibrant colors printed with company logo will brighten up your WFH experience!

soft cover journal notebook

Lite Ring

Make sure every video call, vlog, and selfie have the perfect lighting with the clip-on Lite Ring. A must accessory for the WFH life!

selfie ring light LED

All-Purpose Wireless Charger Pen Holder with Dual USB Output Ports

Phone stand, charger, pen holder all in one! This Qi-enabled wireless charger will simply your work area and keep everything nicely organized.

wireless phone charger desktop pen holder organizer

Double wall camper mug

Make sure your coffee is filled every morning with a tumbler mug! The camper mug comes in many whimsical colors, making sure everyone is ready for the day.

camper mug tumbler

Bella Canvas sponge zip full zip hoodie

An incredibly soft and relaxed unisex full zip up hoodie, spun from a plush poly-cotton blend, will quickly become your WFH go-to essential. A comfy fleece hoodie may just be what you need on those early morning calls.

2. Welcome Back to Office Kit

Some clients maybe welcoming their employees back to the office. It is a equally important to present a branded promotional products set bearing the company logo or a special company message. The employee appreciation kits may include a branded tumbler, notebook, pen, or other stationary. Don’t forget to include some tasty snacks, or tea! 

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Marine Layer Men’s Custom Dyed Signature Crew

Welcome back your tribe with a unique color tee matching your branding completely! This tee can be dyed in any Pantone color you choose, in the signature Marine Layer sustainable and soft fabric. Check out our blog post of the latest business apparel color report.

marine layer custom dyed tee

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Custom knitted socks

Custom crew socks are like hoodies, everyone loves them! Our talented designers can take your logo and create fun and trendy designs that are on brand. 

custom knitted crew socks


Welcome your staff back and express your style with this stylus pen in rose gold trim. The soft touch rubberized is comfortable to touch, with a stylus for various touchscreens. 

rose gold soft touch stylus pen

13oz Beck Mug

What a lot of people miss about the office days is the water cooler (or coffee!) talks. This mug is on trend with a cork base and muted color. 

coffee mug with cork base

3. PPE and Safety Kit

Safety will be on people’s top of mind for awhile. Provide employee appreciation kits that contain PPE and safety products for your staff with branded face masks, and custom hand sanitizers with theses handy tools to keep the workplace safe for everyone. 

Sublimated Adult Face Mask

While face masks are still recommended when indoors, why not give the staff branded full color branded face masks? There is also a pocket for optional filter as well. Keep everyone protected and showcasing brand colors.

full color sublimated mask

Freedom Key Stainless Steel No-Touch Tool

When you are back in the office, there are doors to open, buttons in elevators and surfaces to touch. Add a peace of mind with this convenient multi-function no-touch germ avoidance tool. It is super sturdy and logo will not fade!

stainless no touch germ tool

CleanZ pen sanitizer

Take these handy hand sanitizer pens wherever you go! Fits in a small purse, keychain or pocket, easy to stash in even the smallest bag. Take the panic out of touching surfaces or shaking someone’s hand.

hand sanitizer spray pen

4. Travel Kit

A travel kit with branded travel accessories, bags or duffles for short weekend getaway or summer vacations are very useful and appreciated as we long for the days of vacation travels! These travel accessories keep your items organized and the recipients will be reminded of the brand wherever they go.

Solo® Re:move Duffel

Gift the Solo® Re:move Duffel to your executives or new hires. From the Re:cycled Collection, this duffel has a beautiful heathered grey material created from 16 recycled PET bottles. You can use this duffel everyday at the gym or for quick weekend trips. 

recycled duffel bag

Tile Mate Tracker with Replaceable Battery

Tile mate easily attaches to keys, purses or anything else you need to keep track of regularly. Use your smartphone to make your Tile ring when you misplace your things within Bluetooth range. It is the perfect travel accessory on those company and family trips. The logo can be printed all over the tracker.

Tile Slim with Custom Logo

Timbuk2 Authority Pack 

San Francisco based Timbuk2 makes functional and urban backpacks that are perfect for work and play – It’s a bring-the-office-with-you bag; pockets big and small makes sense of everything your day job and side gig require. Your company logo can be embroidered on the bag for a nice branding effect.

timbuk2 authority backpack

5. Summer Fun Kit

Along with a similar theme of travel. What’s more fun than a summer kit? Beach towel, beach tote, sunglasses, frisbee, a waterproof bluetooth speaker will get any party started! Add little things like Koozie for keeping drinks cold, and your staff will be seeing logo all summer long!

2-Zipper Fanny Pack

Enjoy your weekend trips hands-free with this fun fanny pack. It comes in a rainbow of colors and can be embroidered, silkscreen printed or by heat transfer. 

fanny pack with printed logo

JBL Clip 3 Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Heading to the beach or hitting the trails? The JBL Clip 3 is the perfect companion in your employee appreciation kits – a unique ultra-portable, ultra-rugged and waterproof Bluetooth® speaker that is small in size but with surprisingly big sound. The company logo can be prominently printed on the face of the speaker too!

JBL clip waterproof bluetooth speaker

Subli-Plush Velour Beach Towel

Do beach day right! Jaw dropping graphics on the front side with super soft cotton loops on the reverse. It will sure stand out on the next company outing!

full color beach towel

SPF 30 Sunscreen in Clear Bottle with Carabiner

You’re doing your staff a solid while you promote your brand by handing out our best-selling SPF 30 sunscreen. Choose a carabiner color that jives with your business’s vibe, and add your custom logo. Feel good about your design and swag purchase, too. 

sunscreen with colorful carabiner

Woodland Sunglasses

These are not the usual giveaway sunglasses. The woodland sunglasses come in both light and dark woodgrain colors for a trendy twist of sunglasses. The ultraviolet protective lenses with UV 400 rating helps too!

woodgrain sunglasses with one color logo

6. Self Care Kit

Let’s face it, work and life can sometimes get you down. Tell your staff that you get it with a self care kit. A home spa day will make everything better. Spa robe, headband, face roller, candles, essential oil diffusers are all great choices here.

Electronic Diffuser

Wind down in the evening with this electronic aromatherapy essential oil diffuser. Lighting changes color creating relaxing environment. 

essential oil aromatherapy diffuser with one color logo

Soapbox® Healthy Hands Gift Set

Soapbox is a line that is thoughtfully crafted, all products are vegan, paraben free, cruelty free, EDTA free, silicone free and artificial colorant free. The handsoap is paired with a custom printed cotton printed pouch.

soapbox hand soap with custom printed cotton pouch

Aqua Pearls™ Hot/Cold Pack Eye Mask

Get a good night sleep is so valuable, your staff will love this that doubles as a hot/cold pack! One side is covered with ultra-soft, plush material , Loop strap at each end provides a convenient method for holding in place, Innovative “Pearl Bead” technology delivers warm and cold therapy without any mess.

plush eye mask with pearls

Jade Roller

A jade roller has been used in Asian-style facials for a long time. Think of it as a massage for your face. Comes in 3 adorable shades to match your bathroom too!

jade roller with logo printed

7. Work Anniversary Kit

Your employees deserved to be celebrated with every anniversary. It is the perfect occasion to put together employee appreciation kits. Many clients like to let their employees choose from a selection of branded gifts, as well as presenting them with an award for a milestone year.

The North Face® ThermoBall™ Trekker Jacket

What better way to celebrate an anniversary than a legendary activewear company?North Face has been consistently producing quality jackets and bags for more than 50 years. Let your employee proudly wear this North Face jackets with the company logo on!

North face thermoball jacket

Apple products (Apple watch, airpods)

Celebrate a milestone with the best in tech – Apple products. Its sleek design makes it one of the hottest gifts people want to get their hands on. With an Apple watch, the band can be customized. With the airpods, both the case and airpods can be printed. Personalize it with the name and mark the year to make it truly unique!

custom apple watch airpods

Cross® Century Black Lacquer and Chrome Roller Ball Pen

For the ones who love a high quality executive gift, you can’t go wrong with Cross. Elegant black lacquer finish. Polished, chrome-plated appointments. 

cross black laquer pen

8. Team Building Kit

When a team of people work well together, it is like magic, everything goes smoother and faster. Regularly held team building events help make it happen. Games, wellness, or fitness theme gifts that the group can do together are great options here. Even if the company is operating remotely, virtual team building events can be effective and fun too.

Custom 100-Piece Jigsaw Puzzle

Whether your team is together in person or remotely, a simple game like puzzle can be a real ice breaker. Customize with any full color graphic to spread a company message.

full color jigsaw puzzle

Bean bag toss game

If you are doing team building event outdoors, a bean bag toss game is a real crowd pleaser! For the young and young at heart, play as individuals or teams!

bean bag toss game custom printed

Full Color Yoga Mat

Exercising your body and meditation are always a good idea. Combine team building with a fitness session with a vibrant custom full color printed yoga mat. When employees are feeling well and healthy, work performance will improve too.

full color yoga mat

9. Happy Hour Kit

A monthly happy hour with the company can make a big difference. Employees spending time together outside work can help build stronger bonds. Put together a happy hour kit with games, yummy bar snacks and a cocktail mix kit! Include a branded wine tumbler that they re-use in the future. 

What’s Pop’N Gourmet Popcorn Gift Set

If you’re planning for a virtual movie-night with the crew this is the perfect kit. The perfect set of flavors for your favorite flick! A Mini version of our POP-ular Movie Night Kit this natural popcorn seasonings and Non-GMO Project Verified kernels will cure their cravings! We can also drop ship each kit directly to the recipient’s home too!

popcorn gift set

W&P Cocktail Canteen

To-go cocktail drinks are becoming a permanent feature here in California. For a truly fun happy hour experience, create a custom experience with this cocktail canteen with mixed drinks kit. We can drop ship to the recipients prior the meeting. During the meeting, recipients will unbox and create then enjoy the drinks together. What fun is that?

cocktail set with laser engraved logo

Bite-sized cookie delights

What’s more comforting that box full of cookies? This wooden crate (Made in USA) is firebranded with your logo and packed with over 50 gourmet bite-sized cookies in 3 different flavors: Chocolate and Snickerdoodle Artisan Crisps, and Key Lime Tea Cookies. These gourmet cookies will steal everyone’s heart for sure!

cookies set

10. Home Entertaining Kit

People are used to being home these days so when deciding on employee retention kits, think home! Things that shout warm, and fuzzy are great choices. An elegant custom blanket, cheese board, apron are great to start with. Help create a cozy home environment for your employees to relax at night. 

Rustic Laser Engraved Box w/Custom Etched Wine & Glasses

Enjoy a glass of branded wine compliment of your employer! This gift set includes your choice of wine with a deep-etched bottle painted with a one color fill, and custom etched stemless wine glasses. 

red wine glasses set 

Herringbone Wool Blanket

This is the ultimate comfort gift! Curl on on the couch with this luxurious wool blanket. The logo can be either embroidered or on a leather patch. 

herringbone wool blanket

Masia 6 Piece Cheese Set

When the family gets together, serve up delicious treats on this custom printed cheese set. It includes 3 porcelain-finished dipping ceramic cups for delicious sauces or small snacks, a stainless-steel knife with a forked tip for hard cheeses and a slate cutting surface. All 5 removable pieces are inset on an elegant bamboo base for easy carrying and beautiful presentation. 

custom cheese board

Custom Kit Packaging

After you select the items in the employee appreciation kits, it is time to pack and ship! We offer a wide range of gift mailer packaging for your promotional product kits.  We package, fulfill and ship to anywhere in the world! 

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full color mailer box
gift mailer with crinkle and label
About the Author

Shirley Ho

Shirley is the co-founder of Garuda Promo and Branding Solutions. With a background in print production and graphic design, she specializes in promotional products marketing, creating end-products that aligns with her client's marketing goals and brand strategy.

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